AFSCME California PEOPLE, the political and legislative body representing over 90,000 of the AFSCME’s 179,000 members in the state, has endorsed Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, a statewide initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return the right of local communities to set reasonable limits on rents through rent control.
“Our members make our cities work, whether they’re sanitation workers, UC campus employees, nurses, corrections officers or the local government public servants who deliver our communities’ vital services. Yet many are struggling to live near where they work. We need our members to be able to stay in their homes so they can continue to do the important work needed to keep this state running. We strongly endorse Prop. 10 and the effort to give communities more tools to respond to skyrocketing rents,” said Kathryn Lybarger, President of AFSCME Local 3299.
AFSCME California PEOPLE affiliates are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the nation’s largest public services employees’ union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.
“California’s housing crisis is directly impacting our members, their families and their communities. Restoring power to our cities and counties to expand rent protections, if they so choose, just makes sense — our local communities are on the frontline of the housing and homeless crisis. AFSCME California PEOPLE and our nearly 100,000 members are joining the campaign to pass Prop 10 in November because working families need relief,” said Brian A. Allison, Political and Legislative Director of AFSCME California PEOPLE.
AFSCME California PEOPLE affiliates include AFSCME Council 36; AFSCME Council 57; Employees Association of the Metropolitan Water District, Local 1902; Management and Professional Employees Association of the Metropolitan Water District, Local 1001; the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP); United EMS Workers, Local 4911; Union of American Physicians and Dentists, Local 206; and University of California Employees, Local 3299.
“AFSCME California PEOPLE sticks up for the men and women working in our public institutions across the state. Their members have been unduly impacted by California’s housing crisis and they understand that rent control can be invaluable in keeping people in their homes. We’re honored to have their support,” said Joe Trippi, lead strategist of Yes on Prop. 10.
Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, is a statewide initiative on California’s November ballot to repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to local communities to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control on apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.
AFSCME California PEOPLE joins a large and growing coalition of labor, housing advocacy, community, and civil rights organizations who support Proposition 10: www.affordablehousingact.org/endorsements.